Regular attendance is essential if students are to be successful in school. Chronic absences interrupt the education of your child. School personnel will make every effort to encourage regular attendance, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the students and their parents/guardians.
Absent or Late to School
If your child will be absent, arrive late or leave early, please call the school attendance line (763)241-3555. You may call 24 hours a day and leave a message. If your child is not at school, and the school has not received notice of absence, the school will call the parent or guardian.
When reporting an absence, please include the following information:
- Child’s name
- Date of absence
- Reason for absence
- Name of person reporting the absence
- Grade K-5 Absence Procedures
- A student is considered tardy if he/she arrives within 90 minutes after the start of the school day.
- A student is considered absent for half a day if he/she misses more than 90 minutes at the start or end of a school day.
- A student is considered absent for a full day if he/she misses four or more hours of the school day.
- A student is also considered absent for a full day if he/she arrives at school but is picked up within 90 minutes.
Truancy/ Unexcused Absences
There are consequences when students are continually absent from school without a valid excuse. If an elementary student is absent 3 days within a single school year without a lawful excuse, that student is considered “continuing truant,” according to state law (statute 260A.02). 5 unexcused tardies will be considered as one unexcused absence. The school is required to notify a parent when a child is a continuing truant. If the child continues to be truant, schools are mandated to report the truant behavior to the county. A student is considered “educationally neglected” if he/she is absent from school 7 or more days without lawful excuse.